Big plans for small communities

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By Wendel Sloan: Local columnist Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Small children have big personalities

My husband and I have been blessed with three great kids. My oldest, my six year old son, is a complete joy. He was an angel baby, an angel toddler and has turned into a thoughtful, loving, responsible 6-year-old boy. My second child was my first girl, and she is 4. They are just eighteen […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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New Mexico Highlands University: Courtesy photo Former Melrose High standout Clint Barnard, pressed into quarterback duty at New Mexico Highlands this season, is shown carrying the ball for a gain during the Cowboys’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game against Chadron State on Oct. 15. Barnard, who helped Melrose to two 8-man state titles, began the […]

Graves full of unfulfilled dreams

Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions about the […]

What matters most is our opinion of God

With the beginning of a new college semester, I think back to my own college days. During those years, I had many wonderful professors who were friendly and engaging. Then I had a few that were really intimidating. One was an English professor. My sophomore year, I needed an English class so I chose an […]

Our towns: Floyd touts friendly community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Floyd’s school district is one of the biggest pride and joys in the community, according to Floyd Schools Superintendent Paul Benoit. He said the school holds games regularly and many annual events as well. Alisa Boswell Floyd, a small village with just over 100 people, has existed in eastern New Mexico […]

Business digest — Aug. 2

Procurement advisor appointed Jonnie Loadwick has been appointed procurement advisor for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. Serving clients in Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca, Quay, Guadalupe, Harding and Union counties, PTAP assists small businesses in discovering government procurement opportunities and provides a wide range of procurement counseling, training […]

All business: Small Business Program director acts as liaison

Courtesy photo Cherri Duval is getting the word out about contracts for Air Force Special Operations Command at both Hurlburt, Fla., and Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Air Force Special Operations Command has a new face for small businesses to meet and discuss prime and subcontracting opportunities. Cherri Duval, who works out of Hurlburt […]

Press release: Federal help available for local business

In an effort to combat the high unemployment rate and frozen credit markets, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act late last year. The federal government has distributed several million dollars to Small Business Development Centers across all fifty states to help small business begin exporting and increase sales overseas. In New […]

Disaster loans available for small, non-farm businesses

CNJ staff Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The […]

Officials: Bank consolidation should mean job gain

CNJ staff Officials for US Bank said their plan to consolidate two branches in Clovis should result in a small gain of jobs. Following the close of business July 15, the branch located at 801 Pile Street will close. On July 18, services will resume at the bank’s location at 2501 N. Prince Street. US […]

Udall Discusses Bill to Expand Federal Contracting for Small Businesses, War in Afghanistan and His Proposal to Treat PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a bill he plans to introduce that will expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. He also gave his thoughts on Afghanistan ahead of the President’s announcement on Wednesday regarding troop reductions. In addition he previewed […]

Religion digest —

Church celebrates 70 years Immanuel Lutheran Church is celebrating 70 years in Clovis by creating a commemorative medallion, according to a news release. A small group of Lutheran Christians in Clovis adopted their official congregational constitution on May 7, 1941. There are eight Lutheran churches in New Mexico with the name Immanuel begun through the […]

Weddings — April 17

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Dixon Candace Eaton and Daniel Dixon of Carbondale, Colo., were married March 6, 2011 in the mountains of Aspen, Colo. The ceremony was small an intimate with immediate family in attendance. The bride is the daughter of Ronnie and Charlotte Eaton of Clovis. She is employed as a professor at Colorado Mountain College. The groom […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Tornado season right around corner

Each year approximately 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the U.S. Only a small percentage actually strike occupied buildings, but every year a number of people are killed or injured. There is a very small chance a tornado will strike a building you are in however, you can greatly reduce the chance of injury from a […]

Everybody’s business: Outstanding clients of year selected

The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College has named Darrin and Julie Burns outstanding clients of the year. Mr. and Mrs. Burns, owners of Fort Sumner Processing, were honored in a special ceremony in February at the sate capital. In 2003, Darrin Burns discussed plans for a slaughter/meat processing business with me at […]